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The Winter Guest: A haunting, atmospheric mystery from the author of A House of Ghosts
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The Winter Guest: A haunting, atmospheric mystery from the author of A House of Ghosts (Hardback)

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Synopsis

The drive leads past the gate house and through the trees towards the big house, visible through the winter-bared branches. Its windows stare down at Harkin and the sea beyond . . .



January 1921. Though the Great War is over, in Ireland a new, civil war is raging. The once-grand Kilcolgan House, a crumbling bastion shrouded in sea-mist, lies half empty and filled with ghosts - both real and imagined - the Prendevilles, the noble family within, co-existing only as the balance of their secrets is kept.



Then, when an IRA ambush goes terribly wrong, Maud Prendeville, eldest daughter of Lord Kilcolgan, is killed, leaving the family reeling. Yet the IRA column insist they left her alive, that someone else must have been responsible for her terrible fate. Captain Tom Harkin, an IRA intelligence officer and Maud's former fiance, is sent to investigate, becoming an unwelcome guest in this strange, gloomy household.



Working undercover, Harkin must delve into the house's secrets - and discover where, in this fractured, embattled town, each family member's allegiances truly lie. But Harkin too is haunted by the ghosts of the past and by his terrible experiences on the battlefields. Can he find out the truth about Maud's death before the past - and his strange, unnerving surroundings - overwhelm him?



A haunting, atmospheric mystery set against the raw Irish landscape in a country divided, The Winter Guest is the perfect chilling read.



Praise for W.C. Ryan



'A haunting tale, beautifully told' Erin Kelly



'Almost unbearably creepy and beautifully written' Liz Nugent, bestseller author of LYING IN WAIT



'A splendid tale of wartime skullduggery, featuring both kinds of spooks - perfect fireside reading' Mick Herron



'Hugely enjoyable . . . a taut thriller wrapped up in the gorgeous romance of its ghostly setting' Jane Casey



'Perfect for a dark and stormy evening: a truly creepy and ingenious ghost story and murder mystery with an irresistible setting' Ragnar Jonasson



'A tremendously enjoyable, ingeniously-plotted take on the haunted house mystery. Best read before dark!' Tammy Cohen



'An atmospheric, hugely entertaining mystery. Ryan is a wonderful storyteller and will keep you up reading (and shivering) deep into the night' Antonia Hodgson

Fiction & PoetryCrime & ThrillersFiction & PoetryHistorical FictionWar & combat fictionFirst World War fictionMind, Body & SpiritUnexplained phenomena / the paranormalGhosts & poltergeists Publisher: Bonnier Zaffre Publication Date: 06/01/2022 ISBN-13: 9781838771508  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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W. C. Ryan is also known as William Ryan, author of The Constant Soldier and the Korolev series of historical crime novels. His books have been shortlisted for numerous awards, including the CWA's Steel, Historical and New Blood Daggers, the Irish Fiction Award and the Theakston's Crime Novel of the Year, as well as being published in 18 countries. William lives in London and teaches creative writing at City University.

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